Friday, March 23, 2018

Wingnut Wrapup

You will observe below a strange reluctance on the part of wingnuts to have anything to do with either the Texas white terrorists or the clear evidence of Trump's crimes and treason.  Wonder why that might be.  Anyway, here is what they are obsessing about:

Mark Davis, Town Hall:  "John Bolton: The Wisdom of This Choice Is Made Clear in the Panic of Liberals"

Because starting a meaningless war or killing a few million innocent civilians is a wonderful thing if it pisses liberals off.  We all know this guy is a certifiable lunatic, but since he scares liberals (or any other sane people) he's just who wingnuts want running the country.

Pat Buchanan, Town Hall:  "Will the Deep State Break Trump?"

It might if it existed.  Since it has as much real existence as Saruman, probably not.  So we'll just have to go on hoping that someone else breaks him, before he starts a world war or causes a depression.

David Harsanyi, Town Hall:  "The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica 'Scandal' Is a Nothingburger"

They're all nothingburgers!  Treason is a nothingburger! Gross, open corruption is a nothingburger!  Obstruction of justice is a nothingburger!  Of course, Benghazi or Hillary's e-mails?  Throw them in jail!  Because it's all okay if Republicans do it, but it's a hanging offense for Democrats even if Republicans just made it up.  Didn't you ever read the Constitution?  That's what the founding fathers said.  Right after they insisted that everyone has a right to walk around in public with an AR-15.

Jack Dunphy, PJ Media:  "Why I Can't Defend Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor...I often use this space to defend – or at least explain – the actions of police officers. Not today."

Couldn't have anything to do with his name or his religion, could it, Jack? 

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker:  "Bombshell reveal: A grand jury already is hearing evidence on DOJ and FBI scandals"

I would never suggest you actually read this article; I bet it won't surprise you that there is not one thing in it that actually demonstrates that this grand jury exists.  Lifson manages to twist a couple of generic remarks that have nothing to do with this alleged investigation, in order to lie to his ignorant readers, but that's all he has.  Enough for him to construct an elaborate fiction, however, which right wingers will buy without a second thought.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Chief of Staff John Kelly is on the Hunt For a White House Leaker"

I.e. the one who told the story about Trump being warned not to congratulate Putin on stealing an election.  "Leaker," in this case, as always with the Trump administration, meaning "somebody who told the truth."

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Teacher Who Trashed Military As Society's Lowest Of The Low Is Fired"

Whereas, President who trashed the military, the FBI, the national intelligence services, the Justice Department and every Democrat on earth gets cheered at rallies.

Lauretta Brown, Town Hall:  "Dem Caucus Finally Gets Behind Pro-life Dem After He Wins Primary: 'We're a Big Tent Party'

No concern by Lauretta over the fact that, in the same district, the Republicans chose an open Nazi to run as their candidate.  Here he is, proudly speaking in front of a neo-Nazi flag:
That's fine.  Democrats refusing to conform in every detail to the Republican caricature of them- intolerable.

Terry Jeffrey, Town Hall:  "Too High a Price for Republican Leaders"

And what would that price be?  Supporting a traitor in the White House?  Collaborating to steal six trillion dollars from the American people on behalf of their sociopathic campaign backers?  Lying about every damned thing on earth?  No:

"They will force you to pay taxes to the federal government and then turn around and hand some of that tax money -- as well as some money they will borrow from your grandkids -- to a group they have rightly accused of evil acts."

Of course, they accuse every decent thing the government ever tries to do as an evil act, and accuse every decent impulse that any human being on earth has as an evil impulse, because everything that does not enrich their backers is evil to them.  Choose your poison, I guess: health care for the poor (the evil act in question here) or another trillion for the Koch brothers.

Joe Cunningham, Red State:  "Liberals Are Going To Learn The Wrong Lesson From Conor Lamb’s Victory"

Liberals are going to stupidly believe that winning elections means they have a mandate to carry out their plans, when what it really means is that they should cave in to whatever the Republicans want.  I mean, that's what they are supposed to do no matter what happens, huh?

"at least Donald Trump knows how to connect to voters’ beliefs in key areas."

As proven by his inability to lead his party to victory in any election not rigged by the Russians.

Fred T, Red State:  "Florida Man Shoots Wife, Stabs Children, Burns House Down, Blames ‘White Devils’, Shouts ‘Allah Akbar’

Not one word today about "Texas Right Wing White Man sets off five bombs, kills two."  I guess you have to write about what you get paid to write about.  If you're a right winger, anyway.

Tom Knighton, PJ Media:  "New York Times Takes 50 on $135K Trip on Private Jet to Sound Alarm on Climate Change...Not the Onion."

Apparently the people over at PJ Media think trying to deal with climate change is a joke.

Nicholas Ballasy, PJ Media:  "Michael Moore to Dems: 'Never Forget' You're 'Electing the Jury for Impeachment'

God, wouldn't that be a great thing.

Susan Goldberg, PJ Media:  "The Real Reason Toys R Us Is Closing That No One Wants to Talk About: Birthrates"

Another malignant right wing lie.  The real reason is that it was bought by a pack of vulture captalists that stripped it of every penny of value that it had and left it to die.  The same reason Sears and a thousand other companies have gone under the last couple of decades: the gargantuan greed of rich sociopaths.  But better to blame Millennials for not having babies.

David Solway, PJ Media:  "'Social Justice' Is About Anything but Justice...It’s part of a policy of wealth redistribution."

Listen, David, in a country where 43 people own as much wealth as the bottom 50% of the population, wealth redistribution is justice.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "More Leftist Fraud: NOAA Fudged Temperature Data to Delude Public on Global Warming Scam...These climate fraudsters should be jailed for life or sent to northern Alaska with only a sled dog and an axe....Real Climate Science reported..."

I think we can stop right there.  There is a highly respected and multi-award winning website titled "Climate Science."   RealClimate is a phony website designed to gull the suckers out there by trying to pretend it's the legitimate website, and full of the usual right wing lies about climate change.  It is funded by dark corporate money, much of it believed to come from the Koch brothers. 

Wes Vernon, Renew America:  "Is California worthy of the United States?  We fought a Civil War to force rebellious states to remain in the Union. Has anyone ever contemplated the possibility that at some point there may be movement to eject rebellious states out of the United States, to leave – with or without their agreement to leave?"

Go ahead, make our day.  Give up one eighth of the American economy and the United States' major source of food and technological development.  Give up the tax money extorted from the citizens of California which is used to keep virtually every red State in the country from going under.  See where it gets you.

Sher Zieve, Renew America:  "How is conducting an investigation based upon fake evidence legal?"

I don't know, Sher...maybe you should ask the people that ran the Benghazi and Hillary e-mails "investigations."

Rev. Austin Miles, Renew America:  "New portrait of Trump driving liberals mad"

I'm not going to bother to show this idiotic portrait here, but I would like to point out that like every other liberal, I never knew this piece of junk existed.  I just wanted to point out once again how obsessed wingnuts are with "driving liberals mad."  Naturally, Rev. Miles failed to mention a single liberal driven mad, or who has even ever seen it.

Oh, to hell with it, you deserve a treat for reading this garbage.  Here it is:
Looks like he's been chewing on that flag there.  Reverend Miles reacts to this painting:

"I personally felt a lump in my own throat when seeing it, for the gratitude felt for Mr. Trump for putting his own wealthy life on hold to dive into the mess America has become due to a faulty steering wheel which he will fix. Embrace this portrait with your eyes and THINK. How fortunate that God sent him to us."

Well, Reverend, ignoring for the moment the fact that Trump didn't put his own wealthy life on hold for one second, and that he is doing nothing except making our American mess worse, let's just deal with what a crude insult you are directing toward your God to suggest that it was he, instead of a party of hate and greed filled humans, that brought us this nauseating excuse for a President.

John Dale Dunn, American Thinker:  "The Great Victor Davis Hanson Takes On World War II"

Too late, Victor.  It's been over for 73 years.  Maybe we should hear your "take" on World War III, snce the President you love is working so hard to start it.

Christopher Chantrill, American Thinker:  "Let's Call Liberal Activists 'Regime Hate Squads'

Hey, Christopher, how about if we call Conservative activists "traitors."  At least we'll be pretty much telling the truth there.

Lloyd Marcus, American Thinker:  "Homeschooling: The Best Hope for America's Future"

Hey, Lloyd, how about that homeschooled guy in Texas who just blew himself up in a car?  Maybe if we could get a lot more homeschooled people to edit themselves out of the gene pool like that, you would be right.

And let me just make a point here:  It is the responsibility of everyone in a democracy to see that every child has an opportunity to get a good education, not just their own children.  That can only be accomplished through adequate funding of our public education system, something which no conservative on earth supports, since conservatism consists, in the end, of nothing but greed.  And people like Lloyd are particularly against that notion, since very few educated people fall for the hateful ideology which is all that the Republican party has to offer.

Rick Moran, American Thinker:  "Fox analyst Ralph Peters quits, cites network as 'propaganda machine'...Peters is an idiot."

Nothing like a well-reasoned argument.  Well, at least Ralph Peters appears to be able to read and write, which places him a notch above the current resident in the White House.

Gabrielle Okun, Daily Caller:  "Brazilian Women Hunger For White American Sperm"

Yup, that's what they are reporting.  This is next, I guess:

Because you just can't believe the quantity of bullshit shoveled at you by right wingers without an opportunity for lots of practice.

Greg Pisarevski, American Thinker:  "Is Eric Holder really qualified to scold Jeff Sessions?"

He's qualified to punch the smirk off that slimy bastard's face, and I wish he would get around to it already.

Conrad Black, Newsmax:  "Russia Probe Best Outcome: End Criminalizing Political Differences"

I.e. let the Republicans off for the massive criminality and betrayal they have perpetrated on the government, or get ready for more Benghazi and e-mail persecutions from the Republicans.

Sputnik International (linked to by Newsmax as one of their featured stories:)  "Who Could Benefit From Poisoning Former Spy Sergei Skripal?  Russia had neither the motive nor the intention to poison Sergei Skripal, a former spy who has been living in Britain since 2010...he Skripal case could have been used by the US and Britain to further demonize the Russian leadership and exert considerable pressure on the Kremlin amid the election....Anglo-American intelligence agencies decided to conduct an operation to discredit Russia and Putin and cast a shadow over the Russian election and the legitimacy of the presidency in general"

Yup, it wasn't Putin up to his usual tricks, it was the deep state, those evil career government employees in the US and England, who actually poisoned this Russian spy.  And right wingers are so far down the rabbit hole these days that this is an explanation of this poisoning which is as likely to them as the claim the Russians did it.

Newsmax:  "How to Dissolve 50 Years of Artery Plaque"

Just to make it clear what sort of people read Newsmax.

Luke Rohlfing, Big League Politics:  "Stormy Daniels’ Mom: I Will Vote for Trump “Every Time”

Yeah, the political opinion of a woman who raised her daughter to be a prostitute.  That counts for a lot.

J. D. Heyes, Natural Health News:  "Left-wing hate bigot John Oliver incites liberal mob to attack children’s book author"

Left wing hate bigot.  John Oliver. 

Maybe they're talking about a different John Oliver.

And now, let's end things with our traditional visit to Before It's News:

Before It's news:  "Are we supposed to believe that it took them 3 weeks to find the Austin bomber? Is he really just another FBI-selected patsy killed to quickly make the case go away?  Operation Gladio C (OGC)is in full swing through these not so United States of America.  Deep State has been regularly using OGC strategy and tactics to counter the “Patriot Movement” that elected Donald Trump.  This ongoing nationwide series of black operations is being conducted under the rubric of NATO’s Operation Gladio so the true perps can claim plausible deniability... the power elite is determined to make an example of Texas, that’s why!  Should any other state in the union attempt to resist the dictates of Deep State, or the New World Order agenda being implemented by the globalists, they will be similarly terrorized."

This goes on for a while, but you get the idea:  It's the Democrats and their evil government that actually carried out these bombings, not a home schooled, anti-abortion, gay hating right winger.

Al Duncan, Before it's News:  "Trump Indicts 18,000, Including Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid"

Boy, bet you missed that story in the fake liberal news, huh?  18,000 indictments!  Here, I didn't even know that the President could indict anyone- I thought a prosecutor or someone had to do that.  Not any more, I guess.

"And here comes Donald Trump, trumpeting: “Make America Great Again, Americanism not Globalism,” with a promise to clean out the swap creatures.  This was a death cry to the decades of achievements by the Shadow Government and its Deep State swamp creatures."

Curiously, nowhere in this incoherent thousand word rant does a thing about those Trump indictments come up.  Strange, huh?

Benjamin Fulford, Before It's News:  "The World Is About to Find Out Just How Horrific the Khazarian Mafia’s Crimes Were"

Never heard about the "Khazarian Mafia?"  Hint: it's a right wing term for Jews.

Before it's News:  "“Alliance Insider: ‘Stage 5 Will Start by This Weekend’”

Huh?  Well, here's the explanation of that cryptic announcement:

“Our source within the Alliance, who we have been calling Arthur, recently briefed us on Michael Horowitz’ investigation into Deep State elements including Hillary Clinton’s use of her private email to handle classified information, recent assassination attempts on President Trump, the Military taking control of the CIA, Obama’s bloodline ties to the Rockefeller’s, Net Neutrality, the assassination of General Patton, solar flares and EMP attacks, political correctness, and a potential of mass casualties in the event of an extended grid down scenario.

“This is it. What we’ve been talking about, Stage 5 will swill start by this weekend. Satan’s 17 are going to get theirs by Saturday. The whole investigation – Muller, Rosenstein, and the rest of the 17 – all get smoked on or around Saturday… They’re Satanic. They’ve tied Obama, Hillary, Biden, Kerry, the war criminal that said we were baby killers, all of them are going to burn all at once."  

What about who took the last of the cookies? 

"The SEAL teams, the SWAT teams, the Dark Ops, the snipers, the rangers, the Delta Force, they’re all behind Trump and they’re ready to go hunting. As soon as the Deep State pokes up its head, the military is going to play Whack-a-Mole."

They're all going to go out and start shooting Democrats!  Stock up on the popcorn, folks, the fun is about to start! 

That's enough from Green Eagle today- he's got to put in some more time getting his bunker ready.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

He Hasn't Hit Bottom Yet

I've pretty much stopped commenting on Donald Trump's clear insanity, because everyone can see what is going on, but today represents a new low.  Is there no bottom to this man's depravity, and is there no point at which his fellow Republicans, who hold all the reins of government in their hands, are going to do their duty and remove him?

In the last day or so, we've seen this:

First of all, Trump just precipitated a 724 point one day drop in the Dow Jones average, through an erratic and totally un-thought out trade attack on China.  We'll have to see what happens to the markets tomorrow; hopefully this is a one day catastrophe and not one more step toward a real crash.  In any event, the guy is playing with worldwide depression, in order to feed his own ego.  I don't care who voted for him; what decent person wants him in the White House?

Next, Trump's main lawyer in his incipient treason case quit yesterday, for reasons that seem pretty obvious.  I could care less about that, but as I clearly remember Trump's choice to replace him, one Joseph diGenova, I feel called upon to briefly discuss what is going on here.

Yes, diGenova is technically a lawyer- he does have a law degree and is licensed- but that has nothing to do with the public role that he has played in the last two decades.  DiGenova and his wife were among the most vicious, irrational attackers of the Clintons, back when Bill Clinton was President, and he has ever since then appeared repeatedly on Fox News, willing and able to spread the most malignant smears against anyone who opposed the Republican party.  This man cannot possibly be of any assistance in a real defense; what he is actually suited for is mounting the most aggressive, offensive attempt to destroy Trump's opponents that anyone could provide.  No one seems to want to contemplate what role this miserable excuse for a human being is actually suited for, but to me it seems an obvious tell that Trump is abandoning any pretense of a real defense to the charges against him, and simply beginning a strategy of using his power to crush anyone who dares to tell the truth about him.  This presages a coming period of chaos that dwarfs the obscene idiocy we have seen so far from Trump.

And finally, and worst of all, today Trump fired his national security adviser, H. R. McMaster, a Lieutenant General who formerly was a military history professor at West Point, and replaced him with a violent lunatic, the execrable John Bolton, who has spent his entire public career agitating for war, most notably against Iran and North Korea. As far as I am concerned, this presages a clear intent from Trump to start a war, somewhere, anywhere.  This is partly the result of Trump's hopeless addiction to violent bullying, and partly due to his belief that the country would never eject a sitting President during a war, no matter how corrupt and subversive he might be.

Well, the prospects of war and depression just became far more likely today.  How do you like them apples, huh, people?  I'd guess that the likelihood of one or the other happening in the near future is at least 70% now. 

Three decades of Democrats allowing the Republican cancer to grow without making any meaningful effort to stop it; and an equally long period in which the Republican party bred a deranged, violent base which cheers on the most destructive candidates it can find, and here we are.  Welcome to Hell.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Forgotten Heroes of Conservatism- Chapter Three: Gerald L. K. Smith

In this chapter, I want to continue with another right wing predecessor of today's Conservative movement, who was massively popular in the thirties through the fifties, but who has been virtually pushed out of the historical record at this point:  Gerald L. K. Smith.  Like Billy James Hargis and Father Coughlin, he started out as a religious figure, and over a period of years migrated into politics, promoting a political viewpoint which I believe will be familiar to anyone watching the Republican party of the last few decades, although perhaps in a less varnished form.  I mention this because it is important, I believe, to understand that the current view that the Republican party has somehow coopted the Evangelical movement is actually backwards- standard American Conservatism actually grew out of Evangelical Christianity and has been manipulated by it, not the other way around.  Anyway, decide for yourself.

Smith was born in 1898, and spent the early part of his adulthood as a preacher.  He met Huey Long in 1929, and worked for Long until Long's death in 1936, after which he struck out on his own. After Long was assassinated, Smith took over leadership of Long's "Share our Wealth Society" for a short time, during which he steered it toward an overt anti-Semitic platform.  I'll quote Wikipedia about his subsequent activities:

"In 1944, Smith formed the America First Party, essentially appropriating the name. He became a member of William Dudley Pelley's pro-Nazi Silver Shirts organization, which was patterned after Hitler's brown shirts..."

Pelley who was later convicted for violating the Espionage Act in 1942 and sentenced to 15 years in prison, is due for his own chapter in this series.

"The Cross and The Flag was an eight-page monthly magazine founded in April 1942 and published until December 1977. Reverend Gerald L. K. Smith was editor and publisher. The publication was started to replace Father Coughlin’s Social Justice magazine which was banned in 1942 by the Justice Department from the mails...Smith wrote the vast majority of the articles in the publication.   "The Cross and The Flag" was a common phrase and reference used by the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s and 1930s...The Cross and the Flag regularly ran articles with titles like “The Satanic Will to Mongrelize,” “The Tolerance Racket,” “The Black Devil of Race Destruction,” and “The Brotherhood Bunk.”

In the late 1930's, Smith moved to Detroit, where he was befriended by Henry Ford, author of the infamous early 1920's book "The International Jew," a viruently anti-Semitic work which was a major influence on the thinking of Adolf Hitler.

To quote "The Cross and The Flag:"

“The day came when I embraced the research of Mr. Ford and his associates, and became courageous enough and honest enough and informed enough to use the words: ‘Communism is Jewish.’”

 His adjective-laden sentences with their hard hitting analogies and humor was hateful to all liberals. He was living in a world controlled by far left villains and jewish conspiracies."
By the way, please note that, even at this time, angering liberals was as much a goal of the right as anything else.  Even in this, the behavior of modern day right wingers has a history that stretches back far beyond Reagan.

Too get a feeling for those "adjective-laden sentences," I want to recommend that you watch this one minute excerpt from a speech delivered by Smith in 1936:

Notice first of all the similarity in speaking style to that of a man for whose ideas Smith had tremendous sympathy, Adolf Hitler.  But even more importantly for our purposes, pleas note the glorification of the rural masses coupled with a threat to forcibly take back the supposedly stolen government, which is a clear precursor to the central propaganda line of the current Republican party.

Smith's active career continued through the fifties, incorporating an extreme form of holocaust denial and similar anti-Semitic tropes, along with the now-standard hostility toward black Americans, and anything with the slightest hint of liberalism.

And here is a specimen of the sort of publicity issued by Smith's organization.  
Sorry about the gap in the middle- the only readable copy of this I could find 
was in two pieces, with a little missing between them.

I am going to depart from my normal style here, and devote most of the rest of this piece to excerpts from a piece written by Smith:


The first principle for which we stand is: Preserve America as a Christian Nation being conscious of the fact that there is a highly organized campaign to substitute Jewish tradition for Christian tradition.

Safeguard American liberty against the menace of bureaucratic Fascism...Fascism, as we now have it, is confiscating independent wealth by way of the income tax and destroying the liberty of the States by way of the Supreme Court. At this very moment we face the risk of a nine-man Fascist dictatorship, posing as the Supreme Court of the United States, completely contrary to our Constitutional traditions.

Fight mongrelization and all attempts being made to force the intermixture of the black and white races...Subversive forces, exploiting sentimental nitwits, are reading into the Constitution a code of conduct which threatens to mongrelize our race, destroy our racial self-respect and enslave the white man.

America has given away her reserves. We have bankrupted our economy. Our national debt, our state and local government debts, plus our personal debts far exceed the assessed value of every visible piece of property in the United States. This epidemic of economic blood-letting began at a time when Jew internationalists, in control of propaganda , almost convinced a majority of our people that it was subversive to use the term America First. 

 Oppose a World Government and a Super-State...We believe that the whole U. N. project is a subversive conspiracy to destroy our independence.  The original designer of this subversive Charter fought to give us a complete World Government in which America would be only a voting state

Safeguard America's tradition in relationship to immigration...The same conspirators who would destroy our Nation and its independence by treason from within, or by the establishment of a World Government - these same forces are ready to let down the bars and admit the Asiatic, African and European multitudes.  This campaign to destroy our immigration tradition is supported by every Jewish and Communist organization in the world...if the wall ever breaks we will be invaded and destroyed without the firing of a shot, merely by the act of indiscriminate admission of aliens to our shores."

I think I hardly need point out that, with his racism, his hatred of immigrants, his opposition to the United Nations, his obsession on the national debt, his attacks on judges, his claim that the United States is a Christian nation, his railing against "bureaucratic fascism," i.e. government regulation, Smith shows himself to be in almost perfect accord with the platform of the post-Reagan Republican party.  In this, he is a perfect illustration of the morphing of the intolerance of early twentieth century Evangelical Christianity into the ideological basis of American Conservative thought.  At the risk of being repetitive, let me point out that this loathsome political movement grew out of Evangelical Christianity.  It was Evangelical Christianity that manipulated the Republicans into becoming the party of hate, not the Republicans who manipulated Evangelicals into becoming a religion of hate.

Monday, March 12, 2018

We Live in a Dictatorship

As of today, with the American Reichstag deciding on a total party line basis that the manifest treason of their leader must be allowed to continue unopposed, I think it is past any question that this party has openly embraced totalitarian, one party rule.  Today is the day that the Republican treatment of the opposition truly justifies comparison with the way the Nazi party destroyed other parties in the months after Hitler's rise to power. 

And let us be clear about this:  there is not one single person on the House intelligence committee, Democrat or Republican, who does not know the true nature of Trump's crimes.  The destruction of the means to uncover the evidence shows that the Republicans know the monstrous crime in which they are accessories.

And all of this accompanied by Trump's staging of the closest thing he could manage to a Nuremberg rally in Pennsylvania this week; an open display of hatred, racism and barely suppressed violence that is, finally, truly deserving of comparison to Nazi Germany.

It has taken a little over one year from the Republican ascent to total power to reach this point.  That's slower than Hitler, who took only a few months to destroy all other political parties in Germany and openly show that he intends his party to do whatever it wants, regardless of the law and regardless of humanity.  But there is hardly any comfort in that, any more than there is comfort in the fact that, as this party has descended into madness, its supporters have refused to acknowledge the obvious truth. 

This is the path down which Nixon and Reagan and Bush and Cheney and Gingrich and Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell have willingly and deliberately steered us, while the press and Democratic leaders and so many others refused to state the obvious truth.

And let me make two little points here:  First of all, whatever Hitler was, he was not a traitor.  He enslaved and killed non-Germans without a care, but he never joined with a foreign leader to destroy his own country.  And second, however much damage Hitler did, he did it without his hands on five thousand nuclear weapons.

Well, here we are.  Now what?

Friday, March 9, 2018

Worst Twitter Insult of All Time?

From someone named Deano:

"ROFL As if Donald Trump would sleep with a disease ridden slut like you all you are is a glorified prostitute after quick cash.  Why would he want you when he has Ivanka?"

You've got a great point there, Deano!  Why would he want to get a porn star in bed, when he could just fuck his own daughter?

Wingnut Wrapup

Every kind of idiocy to blot out the wingnut's apprehension of what sort of monsters they elected.  It continues to amaze me what mental gymnastics they are willing to go through to deny the obvious reality, but I keep feeling that someone has to keep an eye on this distressing phenomenon, because it is going to form the intellectual basis of their rejection of any responsibility for what has happened to this country:

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "EXCLUSIVE: Meet the Conservative Parkland Massacre Survivor the Media Has Largely Ignored"

No thanks, Guy.  Do you expect us to be impressed that out of all the students at this school, right wingers managed to find one sixteen year old that they could manipulate with promises of fame and fortune, to say what they want?  And it's sort of funny that we are expected to ignore everything a teenager says, unless they agree with the Republican party; then they are the voice of enlightenment.

Michael Brown, Town Hall:  "How Billy Graham Might Have Responded to George Will"

Man, talk about an article that no sane person wants to read.

Leah Barkoukis, Town Hall:  "Rep. Trey Gowdy, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman, said Sunday a second special counsel to look into the Department of Justice and FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation and possible collusion between President Trump and Russia during the 2016 presidential election may be necessary."

Another e-mail investigation- From the man who brought you the Benghazi hearings.

Kurt Schlichter, Town Hall:  "Against Fake Civility...They tell us that our uppity refusal to quietly submit to abuse and subjugation, both figurative and literal, makes us bad people. Not only can we live with that, but we should celebrate it."

Of course, this applies only to White people who refuse to submit to phony abuse.  When it comes to Black people and their real centuries long history of abuse and subjugation, even kneeling down on a football field turns out to be an unacceptable outrage.  Just to make it clear, this is open racism; something we never thought we would see again in this country from a major political party.  How wrong we were.

"George W. Bush was civil, oh so civil, or so dignified. He was so civil and dignified that we got eight years of Barack Obama and we came that close to going under forever."

Ha.  We got Obama because Republicans were just too nice, not because they caused a depression that Obama had to avert,  and started a criminal war of aggression in which a million civilians were killed.

"The problem is that progressives are not people of good faith.  They are not trying to reason. They are not trying to compromise. They do not accept the basic concept that all American citizens have inalienable rights and that the law must apply equally to everyone. They hate us."

Just one more example of Republicans blaming the other side for their own evil behavior.  And may I again point out that this is not projection, which is a psychological problem; it is a conscious strategy of lying to obscure their own crimes.

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Flake Predicts Trump Will Have Company in 2020"

Another article I couldn't be bothered to read, but I hope Cortney means this is because federal prisons have two man cells.

David Soloway, PJ Media:  "The time seems ripe to further the process of (Joe) McCarthy’s rehabilitation."

Great.  And then we can get onto doing the same for Heinrich Himmler.  Because there is nothing so in need of positive historical assessment as Conservative hatred and lies.

Steven Kruiser, PJ Media:  "Dear California: Call Me When the Commies Leave"

This is one article I actually did read, or at least part of it- it went on and on, so eventually I snapped out of my daze.  Turns out that every Democrat in the State is a Commie.  Steven lives in Arizona, and will be happy to move to California when all the Democrats are liquidated.  Sort of like Germans moving to Poland after 1939. 

Tyler O'Neal, PJ Media:  "Determined 'Not to Die a Human,' Transgender Dragon Lady Spent $60K to Confirm 'Second Birth'

And here she is:

And if she didn't want to die a human, she could have saved so much money by just becoming a Republican.  All that surgery and she still isn't half as nauseating looking as Donald Trump.

Kevin McCulloch, Town Hall:  "Trump's Tariff Declaration Is Brilliant...President Trump is the most masterful negotiating presence in the White House of not just the modern era, but in American history."

And you expect wingnuts to believe anything bad about Trump at all.  They are terminally delusional, and served by a media empire dedicated to furthering those delusions.

Cristina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "“Bigger Than Watergate!” POTUS Trump Unleashes on Obama and Crooked Hillary For Illegally Spying on His Campaign"

He's in panic mode now...and by the way, someone should try to explain to him that gathering information about your electoral opponent is not illegal, particularly when the information is true.  Funny that Trump apparently believes it is just fine to tell any kind of lie about Democrats, but that they are criminals for telling the truth about him.

Joshua Caplan, Gateway Pundit:  "The FBI’s Secret Warrant To Spy On Carter Page Should Scare All Americans"

Or at least all of the ones who conspired with a foreign dictator to subvert our democracy.  I wouldn't be surprised if that description fits all the Americans Joshua knows.

And now, how about a little panic:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "US Speeds Past 4th Step in 6 Step Process of Democrat-Communist Totalitarian Rule"

Too boring to report on Jim's predictably asinine remarks.  Let's just notice a second time today that major right wing blogs have totally conflated the Democratic party with Communists. 

And the important question of the day:

Rev. Mark Creech, Renew America:  "Is Billy Graham's death prophetically significant?"


"Could Christ be at the door to deliver his people from the bonds of this earth and take them to their final home?  I must confess that I've had similar thoughts about the passing of Billy Graham...Our world is certainly ripe for God's wrath, especially the West, especially the United States."

Rev. Creech: schizophrenic, or just a lying con man?  We report, you decide.

And a little more stark raving madness from the right:

Linda Kimball, Renew America:  "(T)he sinister power stealthily aiding and abetting the massacre of Syrian Christians is our own 'deep state' Gnostic Progressive Leftist controlled government.  Though names have changed over time and new members added, it remains the case that behind the murderous Soviet Union, Hitler's occult National Socialist Reich, the ongoing destruction of the West, redistribution of its wealth, and replacement of Westerners and Americans with Muslims, there has been a powerful financial coterie of 'elite' progressives and like- minded travelers committed to a mystical pantheist worldview, apotheosis, self-empowerment, revolution and death.

Having rejected the Christian roots of their own civilization, contemporary Progressive Leftists have merged materialism with a new Gnostic mystical pantheist order of beliefs of which global socialism, a form of monism (collectivism or totalism), is a logical expression. In keeping with Marxist Communism, Nazi Socialism, New Age Spirituality, Luciferianism, and "God is dead" theology, Progressive Leftism is a Neo-Gnostic movement that exalts Lucifer as the Light Bearer and emancipator of man while demonizing Jehovah as an evil, malformed, ignorant deity sometimes called Yaldabaoth, the 'fallen' Holy Creator God of the Old Testament who created the evil material world, angels and human beings."

Made it through that, did you?  I think we are reaching the point where the entire wingnut world view is basically indistinguishable from schizophrenia.  And I do not make this remark as a joke.  The above, from a major right wing website, is essentially indistinguishable from the ravings of the worst paranoid psychotic.

Tim Jones, American Thinker:  "Is There a Link Between Progressivism and Depression?  What is going on in American society and why is there an epidemic of depression and anxiety?"

Funny that the "epidemic of depression and anxiety" coincides with the Republicans taking total control of the country, but it's all the fault of progressives, who have no control over anything.  Well, let's take comfort in small things; at least he wasn't trying to blame progressives for economic depression, which is such a specialty of his people.  We hear enough of that sort of insane blame casting, of course, but at least not today.

And now, up is down:

Noel S. Williams, American Thinker:  "The Democrats as Russian Dupes, 2018 Edition...Perhaps Trump was observant when describing the Democrats' reactions at his SOTU address as treasonous...Democrats are against Trump out of fear that his polices are generally good for America...In essence, what's good for America is bad for Democrats.

The Russian intruders must be thrilled with their puppet, Nancy Pelosi.  Given the extent of her collaboration, perhaps we should assign her a Russian-style last name like Popov; after all, Nancy has been popping off a lot lately.   Nancy Popov is like a political commissar shrieking that Trump's DACA proposal is subterfuge to make America white again."

Yes, you see, it is Nancy Pelosi who is the Russian collaborator, not Donald Trump, despite the literally hundreds of pieces of evidence now available, of his connection to Vladimir Putin.  Once again, the Republican tactic of the decade:  scream as loudly and as viciously as you can that it's your opponents who are guilty of your own crimes.

Rick Moran, American Thinker:  "Innovation in fast food industry making 'Fight for Fifteen' irrelevant..."Flippy" is a burger-flipping robot that is just one of the technological innovations in the fast food industry that will eventually make the union-backed "Fight for Fifteen" minimum wage movement irrelevant.  It's hard to fight for increased pay for a job that doesn't exist."

Take that, American workers!  Want a job with a livable wage?  Screw you, we're replacing you with a machine!

"It's ironic that in pressing for unrealistic wages, fast food workers have spurred companies to innovate."

"Unrealistic" wages being, in this case anything that does not leave workers so close to starvation that they have to take whatever vicious deal their employers want to provide. And "innovation" becomes a euphemism for "more money for the boss, less for the workers,"  I.e. Republican utopia.

And now the Conservative whine of the day:

Monica Showalter, American Thinker:  "Thrashing around with a non-story on collusion, the press gets despicable...Mike Allen, who rightfully acted as the adult in the room with his chiding of the press as it grasped for straws in the decaying rubble of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian collusion investigation, has now given the press a new smack-down in its shameful exploitation of an obviously fragile man of no consequence to the news: Sam Nunberg."

Yes indeed.  When a Republican makes a total fool of himself acting belligerent on national TV, it is just out of bounds to point it out.

"But they exploited the fragile man, with zero respect for his well-being, given that he was a supporter of President Trump.  This is "awful scandal porn" and what makes people hate the press"

If he's too weak to answer for his own behavior, maybe he was too weak to work for Trump, who destroys everyone he gets close to.  By the way, it's sort of cute, isn't it, that they're still insisting that Mueller's got nothing, huh?

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker:  (Liberals) must realize how harmful the anti-gun crusade is to their cause, as they watch the momentum garnered from the massacre in Parkland dissipate and energize the public against gun-grabs."

The momentum is dissipating...Is that what you have noticed happening?  In fact, this time around the exact opposite seems to be taking place, but wingnuts are going to believe what wingnuts want to believe.

Pat Hall, American Thinker:  "Co-opting children for political gain...Framing students as credible experts on gun policy is simply irresponsible."

Whereas treating paid liars for the NRA as experts is simply the sensible thing to do.

And let's not end today's column without a new low in gratuitous abuse of Hillary:

Before It's News:  "Clinton Kuru Disease Diagnosis... Kuru belongs to a class of diseases called transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), also called prion diseases.  You can contract the disease by eating an infected brain...This has everything to do with cannibalism; it has everything to do with Hillary Clinton"
Yes, Hillary Clinton is a cannibal who eats human brains.  That is actually what they are saying.  No kidding- that's what they want you to believe.  Not a metaphor- she is actually in the basement of that Pizza Parlor eating human brains. 

"Please Note: Due to the constant threat of internet censorship, this article and video content may not be publicly available for long – Get this information out!"

God in heaven above, there is no bottom line for these people.  And if you are sincerely confused about how much credence to give to articles at Before It's News, read this:

Before It's News:  "Hibernating Alien Discovered Inside Secret Chamber In The Great Pyramid"

Or this:

Before It's News:  "My Dead Girlfriend Keeps Messaging Me on Facebook – I’ve Got the Screenshots, I Don’t Know What to Do"

Sad to say, a hell of a lot of people do seem to read this stuff, and believe it too.  It's like the Red Queen, who said she practiced believing impossible things every day.  With these people, it's just practice for believing the most impossible thing; that it's Hillary and not Trump who is the Russian Traitor.  Okay, that's it for me.  I've fried enough neurons for one day.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Forgotten Heroes of Conservatism- Part 2- Billy James Hargis

I've gotten distracted from this series, but I want to get back to it with a post about Billy James Hargis, who was a radio preacher from the 1950's on, at his peak appearing on over 500 radio stations.  I want to make it clear that I am doing this not because anyone should really care about these people, but because their history demonstrates that the current plague of wingnut madness which is spreading around the country is not a new phenomenon, not a product of Trump or even Reagan, but is the current manifestation of what at this point must be regarded as the essential character of American Conservatism.  Secondarily, by pointing out some of the connections between my featured characters and others in the Conservative movement, I hope to show that the entire thing was produced by a relatively small, interrelated group of charlatans, criminals and corrupt politicians and religious figures.  This should serve as a warning about how dangerous it is to write these people off as ineffectual.

Anyway, on with Billy.  Billy James Hargis (1925-2004) was an American evangelist from an early age.  He attended, for various brief terms, a number of Evangelical "colleges" and seminaries, one of which ordained him at the age of 17, after which he began a career of preaching his ignorant nonsense to the multitudes.  By the early 1950's he had moved to radio, where he flourished for quite a number of years.

He also fancied himself to be a singer.  Here's a picture of Billy from one of his albums.

 I am deeply sorry to report that I couldn't find a single cut  of his online, so you are relieved of the temptation to listen to what is undoubtedly one of the worst singers in human history. Reverb Nation, where is your duty to posterity?

His message, besides the usual right wing religious garbage, revolved around extreme anti-communism of the John Birch Society (of which he was a member) variety, a hatred of desegregation, and tinges of out and out racism and anti-Semitism; i.e. the standard building blocks out of which Conservatism is forged.  In a statement in the 1970's, he described his positions as "anti-communism, anti-socialism, anti-welfare state, anti-Russia, anti-China, a literal interpretation of the Bible, and states' rights."  He also was very active in the anti-abortion movement.

Here's a brief excerpt from his Wikipedia article describing his positions:

"Hargis believed national and world events were part of a cosmic struggle, where the ultimate actors were Christ and Satan. While communism represented the latter, the United States represented the former. He used this as justification for why the United States should return to what he believed were its founding Christian ideals.  Hargis preached on cultural issues: against sex education and Communism, and for the return of prayer and Bible reading to public schools, long before the rise of the late 20th century Religious Right. His belief in conspiracy theories led to a belief that the government, the media, and pop culture figures were promoting "communism" in the late 1960s."

Here, for those of you who care, is a sample of Hargis in action, in which he rails against the Communists in the Kennedy administration.  Watch if if you dare:

In 1950, Hargis founded an organization called the Christian Crusade, which was a forerunner of the Moral Majority and similar later groups which claimed to speak for the allegedly right wing Christian majority in the country.  In 1964 this group was stripped of its tax exempt status because of its obvious political nature; would that Federal authorities today would have the sense to do the same with the hundreds of phony 501(c)3 "charities" currently operated by right wing con men.

During the fifties and sixties. Hargis formed alliances with other right wing luminaries of the time, such as Major General Edwin Walker, who served as a liaison between Hargis' organizations and various right wing politicians (e.g. Joe McCarthy) before being arrested for fomenting riots in 1962 to prevent the admission of James Meredith into the University of Mississippi, and then (inevitably, I guess)  being arrested twice for propositioning undercover policemen for sex in a park bathroom; and the Reverend Carl McIntyre, a popular wingnut preacher in the 1960's who appeared on the legendary radio station KXEL, and who has always been a favorite of mine.

Hargis also founded American Christian College in Tulsa, and ran it for a number of years, before he (God, this story gets old, doesn't it?) at near the age of 50, was accused by a number of students, both male and female, of manipulating them into sexual encounters.  The college collapsed soon after that. As a beloved figure in right wing Tulsa, he was allowed to plead no contest to one count, after which he of course denied for the rest of his life that he had done a thing wrong.

Kind of makes you wonder what Hargis and General Walker got up to on those cold Tulsa nights, huh?

In the sixties, Hargis tried to latch onto various cultural phenomena, for example accusing the Beatles of being Communists in a book, here credited to his co-leader of the Christian Crusade:
Man, that must have been a good read

and spreading ludicrous fantasies about the peace symbol:
After this period, Hargis degenerated into irrelevance, which is, of course, where he should have been all along.

As a final note, let me add that the direct mail king Richard Viguere, one of the most important characters in the rise of the new right, and a seminal figure in the stripping of the right wing lust for power of any remaining shreds of values or morality, got his start working for Hargis.  Viguere is such an important figure that I will write a piece on him soon; I actually started on it before deciding to do a couple more earlier figures first.

So there you go; another step down to hell for the American right.  More to come soon.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

No Exceptions for Allies

This information from the Washington Post today:

"Trump trade adviser says no exceptions for allies on new aluminum and steel tariffs...White House trade adviser Peter Navarro appeared to draw a firm line against case-by-case exemptions as he defended President Trump's sudden imposition of new trade premiums, which are likely to hit Canada and Europe hardest."

We've become accustomed, as hard as it is to believe, with this worthless subhuman doing multiple things every single day that would have gotten any other President in history removed from office almost instantly; we're getting to accept that we have to wake up to stories like the piece also in the Post today, referring to Trump's behavior as "pure madness."  But there is another, far more important aspect to this behavior, which is not madness, but the result of cold calculation.

I have spoken about this before, but at this point virtually nobody else seems willing to put the pieces together.  What I am talking about is Trump's very successful efforts to alienate every single one of our allies; to leave the United States incapable of participating in, let alone leading, any kind of unified effort to stand up to Vladimir Putin, whatever Putin decides to do.  It should be clear by now that this is the number one foreign policy priority of the Trump White House. This is not madness, it is treason.  It is the payoff for the material help that the Russians gave Trump to put him in office, and anyone who cannot look at the multiple instances of this behavior, the conduct of affairs of state which in the aggregate have no other explanation, is simply still so paralyzed by what used to be acceptable in this country, that they are just averting their eyes.

It is vital that the opposition to Trump be totally focused on this issue.  If Trump is removed solely on the basis of incompetence or mental illness, the Republicans will just replace him with the equally evil Pence, and go on looting the country as before.  The issue of his treasonous collaboration with a hostile foreign country goes beyond that; it makes his entire administration illegitimate.  It demands the removal of his Vice President too, as well as the nullification of every single thing he has done as President, up to and including his malignant Supreme Court pick.  And it demands accountability for the criminality of his fellow Republicans as they abetted that treason.

Any lesser remedy will leave the disease to grow again, and grow again it will, fostered by a party that has now openly decided that any kind of damage to the country is acceptable if it benefits their sociopathic backers.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Wingnut Wrapup

The idiocy is really out in force these days.  I'm guessing that, despite all the bluster, the wingnuts really know what is looming ahead for their malignant conspiracy against the country.  So here we go:

Allahpundit:  "Dem Rep: Uh, No, I Don’t Want To Ban All Semiautomatic Weapons"

This story is all over the wingnut world today:  Another example"

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "House Democrat: Actually, We Should Not Ban All Semi-Automatic Weapons"

Benson continues, as you would expect, with one of the great Conservative lies of all time:

"the constitution guarantees the right to private gun ownership"

But my intention here is not to add one more drop to the ocean of words about guns and the Constitution; rather to once again point out that Republicans are so authoritarian in nature that they just cannot fathom that a Democrat would disagree for one second with the dictated party line.  This sort of capitulation to leaders is the fodder on which dictatorships are fed.

Jonah Golberg, Town Hall:  "The Child Soldiers of the Gun-Control War"

Child soldiers.  Remember them?  12 year old African kids with guns going around shooting people at random.  So now, high school students who don't want to be shot are just the same as kids who shoot people.  Talk about a new height in both siderism. 

David Limbaugh, Town Hall:  "Rumors of Conservatism's Demise Greatly Exaggerated"

Sad to say.  And as long as they have billions from human monsters like the Koch brothers and the Waltons, and as long as they own all the TV and radio stations in three quarters of the country, it will probably stay that way, no matter what might be good for the country.

Ilana Mercer, Town Hall:  "Jews Must Never Forget Trump For Remembering Our Unforgettable Jerusalem"

Yeah, for remembering to turn Jerusalem into an excuse to start a war, in which tens of thousands of Jews may well be killed.  Thanks for the favor, Trump.  And just to make it clear, if Jerusalem is unforgettable, we don't need interference from a malignant moron to help us remember it.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "MSNBC Trashes Rick Scott For Ignoring Student Protestors...But Neglects to Mention Where He Actually Was"

Hell?  That's my hope.

Chris Reeves, Town Hall:  "Republican Congressman Wants to Strip Gang Members of U.S. Citizenship"

Curiously enough, this extends only to brown gang members, and not, say, to Nazis or white supremacists, who are valued citizens whose rights to kill must be preserved and whose opinions must lead all debates.  I bet you are really surprised by that.

Jennifer van Laar, Red State:  "Off-Duty Cop Who Was At FL School Ran Toward Gunfire While Others Cowered"

Which accomplished exactly nothing.  So much for good guys with guns getting the bad guys with guns.  However, this kind of thinking seems to be a popular take among wingnuts today:

Sarah Rumpf, Red State:  "Three Other Broward Cops Were Outside School During Shooting But Didn’t Enter"

Three more "good guys with guns" who were of absolutely no use whatsoever, because they were not interested in pretending to be heroes, and getting themselves killed for nothing.  See, the good guys with guns just waited outside while the killing went on, so now we need good guys with guns who are not cowards.  Like, say, a certain "President" who got five draft deferments, or a recent warmongering Vice President who got four.  No, it's up to someone else to not be a "coward," i.e. to sacrifice themselves by following right wing cant about stopping shooters.  It's up to someone else than Republicans whenever someone has to sacrifice something. 

And just one more piece along this line:

John Nolte, Breitbart:  "CNN’s Cillizza: Armed Deputy Who Did Nothing to Stop Parkland Massacre a ‘Good Guy’...Cillizza says of the deputy, “There was a good guy with a gun just outside the school when the bad guy with a gun started murdering people. The good guy with the gun wasn’t the solution. He didn’t stop declare this deputy a “good guy” is laughable."

No, he is a bad guy because he didn't go charging into the school armed with a pistol, and try shooting it out with a maniac who had an AR-15.  He needed to die to give a little more life to an NRA lie.

Well, I'm going to skip any more on this coward thing, so let me just note that similar posts are up at practically every wingnut website I've looked at today.

Bridget Johnson, PJ Media:  "Trump Proposes Bonuses for Armed Teachers as Economical Way to Protect Schools"

No money for books and pencils in school, but plenty for guns.  Maybe they could get a bonus for everyone they shoot.

Christina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "Obama Posts Chilling Message to Teens Marching and Organizing For Gun Control ‘We’ve Been Waiting For You’

Scary, huh?  Of course, Trump is waiting for them too, to shut them up and put them in jail.

Joshua Caplan, Gateway Pundit:  "Radio Legend Michael Savage Approached To Run Against Sen. Dianne Feinstein"

Whoo!  Hey, guys, why not go all the way and get Joseph Goebbels to run?  Oh wait, he's dead?  Too bad.

And now, a Conservative "comedy" break:

Keep telling yourselves that he's got nothing, guys.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "It Never Gets Old=> CPAC Crowd Chants “Lock Her Up!” During POTUS Trump Speech"

No, apparently it does never get old.  Jim seems to think that this is a good thing, rather than a sign of depravity.

Kristinn Taylor, Gateway Pundit:  "CNN Fixed 1992 Election Eve Town Hall Ambush Question From Clinton Operative Stephanopoulos to Pres. George H.W. Bush"

Fixed a question!  In 1992!!!  Let's see, that's a quarter of a century ago.  They fixed a question!  That's so much worse than Trump committing treason.

Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "The 'new' conservatives: Pro-gay, pro-pot, pro-Russia"

They'll claim to be for anything, as long as you don't notice that they are still pro-stealing the entire wealth of the country for their rich backers, which is all they really care about.  So, smoke all the weed you want while Republicans rob you blind.

Devin Stone, Return of Kings (recently awarded a designation as a SPLC hate site):  "WHY WOMEN WILL NEVER BE AS SUCCESSFUL AS MEN...They don't have it in them..."

Devin, if you want to make that argument in front of my wife, you might need this website:
Just sayin'.  I mean, she is from New Jersey.

And just in case you thought you had heard every sort of idiotic conspiracy theory on earth, here's one from the above mentioned website:


Corporations are Marxist. Exactly what we all remember from reading Marx, right?

Joseph Farah, World Net Daily:  "Now Dems see Russians under every bed"

Not every bed, Joseph.  Just Trump's.  Why do you think Melania won't sleep in the same room with him?

And now a little more right wing humor:

Dear me, what a laugh I got out of this one.  They really captured the essence of Colbert there, didn't they?  And the cartoon looks so much like him too.

C. A. Mackintosh, American Thinker:  "We Don't Need a National Conversation about Guns (or Anything Else)"

Just in case you were wondering.  C. A. continues:

" we should replace the norm of interest in national affairs, created by excessive devotion to national news by mass media outlets, with an interest in the local affairs of our own state, county, community, and family."

I.e. just shut up and let the Republican party do whatever it wants.  A formula for a better country, yes sir.

And then there's idiocy like this:

Robert Turner, American Thinker:  "Why does it take President Trump – whom the "resistance" vilifies, depending on the mood of the moment, as ignorant, unqualified, insane, immoral, or dictatorial – to actually start a serious conversation regarding student safety?"

Yes, Trump started that serious conversation.  Oh well, he already has claimed credit for everything on earth that someone else did, why not this too? By the way,  "ignorant, unqualified, insane, immoral, or dictatorial" - sounds about right to me.  Robert continues:

"Prevention, however, creates its own problems, for without an occasional public massacre, the hyper political anti-gun lobby might be forced to disband."

Without the "occasional" gun massacre, we might not need the "hyper political anti-gun lobby."

"Instead of defending itself against straw men set up by Democrats and their media masters, Republicans are becoming the party of solutions."

Solutions, yeah.  Teachers with guns.  Tax cuts for the rich.  Nuclear war. Those are the solutions.  Good work, guys.

Michael Berenhaus, Daily Caller:  "Guess What - The U.S. Can Recognize Jerusalem As The Capital Of Israel If It Wants To"

And guess what else- the U.S. can recognize Hueytown, Alabama as the capital of France if it wants, too.  So, who cares?

Just for the information of the ignorant boob who wrote this, Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel since the day that it was founded; its seat of government has always been there, and nobody doubts that.  The question is not where the capital of Israel is, it is whether it's a good idea for Trump to risk starting a war in which people from other countries will die, just to prance around in front of his adoring fans.

Just for your information, here is a map of Jerusalem:

You can see the Knesset, the Israeli Supreme Court and many of its ministries in the parklike area a ways west of the old city, where they have been ever since the founding of the country.

John Brown, Daily Caller:  "'Black Panther' Is A Quasi-Religious Atonement For White Guilt"

Black Panther is a commercial product, designed to make money, which it has done, in very large quantities.  End of story.  Anyone who thinks differently is too stupid and blinded by right wing ideology to have a thing to say about Hollywood.

John D. O'Connor, Daily Caller:  "James Comey's Pursuit Of Crimeless Cases Against Trump Is Eerily Familiar"

You mean like Whitewater, Vince Foster, Benghazi, the e-mails, Pizzagate, the birth certificate, and on and on?  Oh no, not like those.  Those were not crimeless cases.  It is a crime to do anything if you are a Democrat.

 Before It's News:  “Soros Busted! Scheme to Start Civil War Exposed! Next Step a Citizen’s Arrest!..."I’m going to bring down the United States by funding Black Hate groups. We’ll put them into a mental trap and make them blame white people. The Black community is the easiest to manipulate- George Soros”

Just a little sample of the lying smears that make up most of right wing journalism.  This obviously phony quote has been circulating on the right since 2016.  It would have taken the authors of this article less than one minute to find out that it is false, but of course telling the truth is not the goal of any right winger.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Let's Be Honest, The Latest Gun Control Bill Is Pretty Much A Total Ban On Firearms"

No lie too big, like I said.  But, got to keep up the right wing panic. 

Dennis Prager, Town Hall:  "Why the Left Opposes Arming Teachers"

Dennis Prager, the most intellectually dishonest talk show host in America, and that is against some heavy duty competition.  This should be good.  Okay, why, Dennis?  I'm sure your reasoning is going to be very persuasive:

"The left doesn't fight evil; it fights those who hates those who wish to see teachers and others voluntarily armed take down the murderers of our children."

Hate! Hate, I tell you! The left hates everyone, or at least everyone who is not a Communist or a Muslim!  Yeah, that's the reason why it doesn't want teachers to carry guns in school.  And Dennis is what Conservatives try to pass off as an intellectual.

Arthur Schaper, Town Hall:  "Democratic Lunacy on Full Display in California"

What, you mean the sixth biggest economy in the world, a balanced budget, more money for education and infrastructure and approximately an eighth of both the gross domestic product and foreign trade for the whole country?  No, Arthur means this:

"since 2016 the Democratic Party has moved further left than anyone would have anticipated since 2016. They...want to repeal the Second Amendment, abolish the First, get rid of the United States Constitution. They pretty much want to resurrect Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin and have them both run for President/Vice-President in 2020. Unless they can get Che Guevara and Mao Ze-Dong for diversity’s sake, then they will go for that tag team."

No word about the Republican party having already resurrected Hitler, bloating him up to about 350 pounds, giving him a blonde dye job and putting him in the White House.

John Ellis, PJ Media:  "Your Tax Dollars Are Helping to Pay for a Clown College in Nancy Pelosi's District"

They're paying for one in Washington DC, too:

Larry Klayman, Renew America:  "Why I should be appointed special counsel"

Because the country is so close to complete madness that we might as well push it over the edge and enjoy the show?

World Net Daily EXCLUSIVE!  "House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes is blaming former President Obama for being in cahoots with Russia for eight years"

No bottom line of shame for this guy.  And another typical example of blaming the Democrats for  what Republicans are in actual fact doing every day.  A decent House would have thrown this guy out long ago, but of course, we do not have a decent House; we have a Republican one.

Renew America:  "Student parrots teacher's gun-control views in MSNBC video "

See, 17 year olds are not capable of thinking on their own, so if they do not want to be gunned down in school, it must be because they have been brainwashed by their liberal teachers.  Of course, in the case of Republicans, thinking on their own about gun control is a capital offense.

Alice Powe, World Net Daily:  "'THERE'S ENOUGH TO ARREST HILLARY NOW'...'People want justice'

And with Republicans in charge of the Justice Department, there is enough to arrest Hillary, since all it takes is being a Democrat, or speaking up against Trump.  That's coming soon, and believe me, Hillary will be the first high profile prisoner they go for.  Alice acts like that is a good thing.  Just like Heinrich Himmler did.

Lewis Dovland, American Thinker?  "How leftists plan to use Parkland's dead"

Door stops?  Cat food?  I don't know; I couldn't be bothered to read the article.  Sorry.

And just in case you still don't have enough to worry about, we'll just finish on this:

Your News Wire:  "Rivers Turning Red All Over The World As Biblical End Times Prophecy Fulfilled"

Maybe.  Who knows?

Indict Trump?

Just a short post to bring to your attention an article today in the Washington Post, by well know Constitutional law professor (and Conservative) Jonathan Turley, regarding the question of whether a sitting President can be indicted without being impeached, which Turley answers in the affirmative.

This is the best short analysis of the subject that I have seen in any organ of the mainstream press, and I think it is well worth a read.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Pay Teachers?

I was reading Infidel 753's link roundup for this week, an essential read for me, when I came across the following map.  It shows teacher salaries in the United States:

Too tempting to resist comparing it to this one:
Blue State vs. Red State

Just a coincidence, I guess.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Only Real Solution

The problem with violence in this country is not too many guns.  It is not a lack of mental health services.  It is not Democrats correctly pointing out how stupid and ignorant the Republican base is, causing Republicans to be very sad. 

Here is the real problem:

One of the two political parties in the United States exists solely for the purpose of further enriching two or three hundred of the richest families in America.  This is to be accomplished by, essentially, stripping all of the wealth from the remaining 340 million Americans.  In return, these rich families have committed themselves to funding whatever smear campaigns, vote thievery or any other corruption is needed to keep that party in power.

Of course, no one who was not a member of those two or three hundred families would have a reason on earth to support such a program.  It became obvious forty or fifty years ago that anyone who paid attention to political reality in the United States could easily see what was happening.  The answer to this problem was not a commitment to political morality from that party, but to generate a voting base which was oblivious to, and contemptuous of, fact, and which voted totally based on hatred, greed and the hunger for violence which, unfortunately, lies dormant in so many of us.  It was the very justifiable opinion of this party that they could control these feral voters, simply because they knew that the other party would never stoop to the degenerate tactics necessary to generate this kind of rage. 

Unfortunately for everyone, once the forces within people that control their worst instincts- call them what you will, conscience, morals, whatever- have been neutralized, the resulting behavior cannot be constrained to the voting booth.  And thus, hatred and violence stalk the land.

The only answer to this problem (short of giving in and living in a dystopian hell) is to destroy that political party, and see to it that all of its leaders pay the price for the abomination they knowingly created. There is no reforming people once they have gone this far down the road to inhumanity; they must be done away with so the rest of us can get back to living lives that are not consumed with fighting this evil.